Constitution forbids states to keep troops

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2008

In his report about Supreme Court deliberations concerning the Washington D.C. Second Amendment case (Empire, March 18), Associated Press reporter Mark Sherman repeats a misleading concept supporting a "collective right" interpretation of that amendment. He says, "The local Washington (D.C.) government ... reads the amendment as intended to allow states to have armed forces."

Article I, Section 10, of the U.S. Constitution specifically forbids the states from keeping troops in time of peace.

The "individual right" meaning of the Second Amendment was never seriously in doubt until well into the 20th century when some local and state as well as federal government officials began employing a Clintonesque parsing of the amendment's language to justify infringing one of our first liberties.

Paul Wescott

Auke Bay

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